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Can You Spot the Snow Leopards in These Photos?

A snow leopard is seen camouflaged against a mountain near the Indian Himalayas. - Can You Spot the Snow Leopards in These Photos?Bet you can’t find the big cat perfectly camouflaged in these photos! Braving temperatures as low as minus 4 degrees Fahrenheit for two weeks in February, Irish wildlife photographer David “Baz” Jenkins captured these incredible shots of wild snow leopards in the Indian Himalayas. These rare images in the collection above reveal just why the elusive cat is so hard to spot in the wild.

A snow leopard is seen camouflaged against a mountain near the Indian Himalayas.
A snow leopard is seen camouflaged against a mountain near the Indian Himalayas. - Can You Spot the Snow Leopards in These Photos?

The snow leopard, native to the mountainous areas of Southern and Central Asia, is mostly active at dusk and dawn, according to the WildCat Conservation Society. That, along with its thick, grayish-white coat, helps it to hide from its prey.

A snow leopard is seen, highlighted and magnified in yellow, camouflaged against a mountain near the Indian Himalayas.
A snow leopard is seen, highlighted and magnified in yellow, camouflaged against a mountain near the Indian Himalayas. - Can You Spot the Snow Leopards in These Photos?

A snow leopard is seen camouflaged against a mountain near the Indian Himalayas.
A snow leopard is seen camouflaged against a mountain near the Indian Himalayas. - Can You Spot the Snow Leopards in These Photos?

“It has perfect camouflage and lives in such difficult terrain that simply walking around and staying warm is challenging for humans,” Jenkins told Caters News Agency. “[It’s] the most difficult animal I have ever tried to photograph.”

A snow leopard is seen, highlighted and magnified in yellow, camouflaged against a mountain near the Indian Himalayas.
A snow leopard is seen, highlighted and magnified in yellow, camouflaged against a mountain near the Indian Himalayas. - Can You Spot the Snow Leopards in These Photos?

A snow leopard is seen camouflaged against a mountain near the Indian Himalayas.
A snow leopard is seen camouflaged against a mountain near the Indian Himalayas. - Can You Spot the Snow Leopards in These Photos?

A snow leopard is seen, highlighted and magnified in yellow, camouflaged against a mountain near the Indian Himalayas.
A snow leopard is seen, highlighted and magnified in yellow, camouflaged against a mountain near the Indian Himalayas. - Can You Spot the Snow Leopards in These Photos?

The snow leopard is listed as an endangered species, according to the World Wildlife Fund which estimates there are fewer than 7,000 left in the wild. The 41-year-old photog said it was a chance of a lifetime. ​“It is extremely rare to get an opportunity like this with a leopard at close range,” Jenkins explained, “especially if you are not using a remote camera trap or if there is not a kill nearby.”

A snow leopard is seen camouflaged against a mountain near the Indian Himalayas.
A snow leopard is seen camouflaged against a mountain near the Indian Himalayas. - Can You Spot the Snow Leopards in These Photos?

A snow leopard is seen, highlighted and magnified in yellow, camouflaged against a mountain near the Indian Himalayas.
A snow leopard is seen, highlighted and magnified in yellow, camouflaged against a mountain near the Indian Himalayas. - Can You Spot the Snow Leopards in These Photos?

A snow leopard is seen camouflaged against a mountain near the Indian Himalayas.
A snow leopard is seen camouflaged against a mountain near the Indian Himalayas. - Can You Spot the Snow Leopards in These Photos?

A snow leopard is seen, highlighted and magnified in yellow, camouflaged against a mountain near the Indian Himalayas.
A snow leopard is seen, highlighted and magnified in yellow, camouflaged against a mountain near the Indian Himalayas. - Can You Spot the Snow Leopards in These Photos?

Jenkins has been snapping big cats, polar bears, great white sharks and other large predators for more than 20 years. For more on his work, visit his website.

Source: The Weather Channel
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  1. The saturation of the pictures aren't the same though...

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